Bug 73242 - 3 failed install attempts
3 failed install attempts
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i586 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-09-01 12:03 EDT by John S. Caywood
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:46 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-09-01 12:06:11 EDT
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anaconda crashdump from second failed install (78.19 KB, application/octet-stream)
2002-09-01 12:06 EDT, John S. Caywood
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Description John S. Caywood 2002-09-01 12:03:17 EDT
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Description of problem:
1st installation attempt, anaconda crashed installing from CD#2
2nd attempt, media error on CD#2; I rebooted from CD#1 and ran
mediacheck on all 3 CDs -- no errors
3rd attempt anaconda again crashed while installing from CD#2
4th attempt successfully installed SuSE 7.3 to the very same system

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How reproducible:
Couldn't Reproduce

Expected Results:  If there was a media problem, I expected mediacheck to find
it, but
the media passed and anaconda still crashed again.

Additional info:

Pretty much plain vanilla PC: AMD K6-2/450, 128M RAM, 7.8G Samsung; SiS620 video
onboard, Davicom ethernet onboard, CMI sound onboard -- all worked fine during
install, and are working fine now under SuSE 7.3.  But I can't complete the
install of RedHat.
Disk partitioning was fine, tweaked with DiskDruid to 47M /boot, 6800M /, 256M
swap, 700M /home.  Software selection pretty much Workstation install, but not
I have 2 anaconda crash dumps -- hope the bugzilla form lets me attache them.
Comment 1 John S. Caywood 2002-09-01 12:06:06 EDT
Created attachment 74425 [details]
anaconda crashdump from second failed install
Comment 2 Michael Fulbright 2002-09-02 11:11:31 EDT
There error messages (there are lots in the log you attached):

<4>hdb: irq timeout: status=0xd0 { Busy }
<4>hdb: ATAPI reset complete

indicate there were errors reading the CD. The mediacheck does not currently
accurately duplicate the accesses that occur during an install, and so sometimes
the mediacheck will pass but an install will fail.
Comment 3 John S. Caywood 2002-09-03 20:11:58 EDT
The root cause was that the IDE CDROM was primary slave -- too much data for the
controller to handle.  When msf@redhat.com showed me the irq error, I moved the
CDROM to secondary slave and the install completed successfully.

Thanks for the quick response.

As an enhancement, could anaconda be made more resilient in the face of
transient errors?

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